Two pieces of interesting lacrosse news:
Conor Ford has been hired as the lax team's new Offensive Coordinator. My reading of the tea leaves sees this as a very positive development for Michigan lacrosse. This is a lateral move from a program that has been on the upswing. Ford is a branch off the Hopkins coaching tree, having been Brian Voelker's OC at Penn and later at Drexel when Voelker moved there. (Voelker was an assistant for Bill Tierney at Princeton and he was Dave Pietramala's D Coordinator at Hopkins before taking over as Head Coach and Penn.)
In other news, Michigan grad Harrison Fried is a starting defenseman for the Israeli national lacrosse team, which is currently tearing it up in the FIL World Lacrosse Championships. Team Israel has made the quarterfinals, where it is playing against Australia tonight on ESPN3. (although Israel has a good chance to win through to the semis, their Cinderella run will come crashing down at that point, as they would face Team USA)
Every year Mike O'Leary, who played for the club lacrosse team, produces a video about the current year's team that they debut at the banquet. Mike worked for NFL Films at one point and has a bunch of emmys for sports shows and documentaries. His NFL Films experience is pretty evident in his lacrosse videos. He did a bunch of stuff for the University of Miami's athletic department too that won some awards. He comes up with a different theme every year. This year's version is called The Will. Be warned, it's about 12 minutes long.
1 seed fairfield ended Michigan's 2014 season early this evening by a score of 12-5. The amount of progress this team has made this season has been incredible. If you double their win total from the last two seasons combined, you still wouldn't equal this year's total.
The 7 seed Michigan Women are taking on 2 seed ohio in the ALC Tournament First Round right now. The women had a good first season in terms of wins, going 4-12. Tonight will hopefully be redemption for the team against ohio who beat Michigan 18-3 back in April.
Here is the link for the Women's game at 8pm- http://apps.ohlulz.com/ncaa/?f4m=http://cbsicollege-lh.akamaihd.net/z/445323_big109UMGS@141281/manifest.f4m
A very historical day for Michigan Lacrosse.
The ECAC Lacrosse League announced their All-Conference honors today. Kyle Jackson has been named to the First Team All-ECAC.
For some perspective, Michigan Football's first first team all-conference selection was Willie Heston in 1902.
Basketball's first was in 1947-48 with Pete Elliott.
Brad Lott was named to the All-ECAC Second Team becoming the first in that category, as well.
In addition, FOUR Wolverines, the most of any school in the league, were named to the All-Rookie Team. Ian King, Mikie Schlosser, Andrew Hatton & Robbie Zonino.
The future is now for Michigan Lacrosse. They have the opportunity of a lifetime this week. They win two games in a row, they're IN the NCAA Tournament.
As I'm waiting in between games here for the Women to start, the Men's lacrosse team finally got a win to end the losing skid.
Michigan pasted Robert Morris 19-10. RMU got many of their goals late against Michigan reserves. Halftime score was 12-4.
Today was a record setting performance all the way around.
- Kyle Jackson sets the single game record for goals with 5
- Kyle Jackson, Ian King and Thomas Paras all registered hat tricks
- Michigan scored their second-most goals in program history at 19
- Michigan set the team record for shots in a game with 64
Due to Fairfield beating the buckeyes today, Michigan will face Fairfield on Thursday in the ECAC Tournament Semifinals in columbus.
Two wins from the NCAA Tournament in their 3rd year of play.